Young's perfect start to Group Nine season comes to an end

Tumut's dominance at the ruck ended Young's unbeaten start to the season.

Responding from a disappointing loss to Kangaroos, last year's grand finalists had too much firepower at Alfred Oval on Sunday.

Able to dictate terms due to their control of the play-the-ball speed, the Blues ran out 30-18 winners.

Co-coach Zac Masters led the way up the middle.

He scored the opening two tries of the game as Tumut asserted their dominance early.

Young hung into the contest but never really looked like threatening Tumut's lead.

Masters crossed twice in the first 17 minutes before Nick Cornish got the Cherrypickers on the board.

However the Blues responded with two tries in the last four minutes to take a 22-6 lead into half-time.

First Young then fell foul to an old-fashioned mousetrap play as Tolo Aroha-Tuinauvai crossed with four minutes left in the half before Mitch Ivill sliced through out wide.

Mitch Cornish responded 11 minutes into the first half before the 'Pickers cut the margin to 10 points when Nayah Freeman scored off a Boro Navori flick pass with 23 minutes remaining.

Just as Young shaped to get back into the contest, Tumut had four straight sets on their line before Matt Byatt finally barged his way over.

A Jacob Toppin penalty goal with two minutes remaining then sealed the win.

After scoring 116 points in their first two games, Young's attack hasn't had as much fluency in their past two games up against tougher opposition.

It's one thing coach Nick Hall is looking to correct ahead of another tough test against unbeaten Southcity following the general bye.

"We're looking for chances but never got to them," Hall said.

"We were stuck at rucks so we need to pull the trigger a bit more.

"We've already talked about needing to let it sing a little bit more, let Hally (Nic Hall), Boro and (Ben) McAlpine have a little bit more ball."

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